MS M.81, fols. 29v–30r

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Worksop Bestiary

England, possibly in Lincoln or York
ca. 1185
215 x 155 mm

Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913) in 1902

MS M.81, fols. 29v–30r

Deer in bestiaries were associated with Christ, especially when shown trampling a snake (symbol of Satan), or running to “Christ, the true spring.” But here, a stag and doe walk side by side in front of three trees, without these points of reference.